Rebels defeat Crusaders

Published 1:48 pm Friday, March 2, 2012



RESERVE — Riverside saved its best for last at the Brother Martin baseball tournament last weekend, deploying ace Tate Scioneaux in the Rebels’ final game against Brother Martin — and reaping the rewards.

The senior turned in a sterling performance as the Rebels defeated the Crusaders, 6-0, leaving Riverside with a 3-1 mark at the tourney. The Rebels lost one game at the tournament, 11-1 to St. Paul’s. It defeated Chalmette, 11-1, and East St. John, 5-2.

Scioneaux pitched six shutout innings and allowed four hits while walking two. He struck out six batters. Tanner Lawson pitched a scoreless seventh in relief for Riverside.

“Tate did an outstanding job,” said Riverside coach Matt White. “We used him in relief earlier in the tournament, wanted to use him as a closer. As it broke, we didn’t need him after our first game with East St. John, and we were able to bring him out against Brother Martin.

“He showed a lot of control and command up there. It was a big win for us, and big for our school.

The Rebels broke the game open in the fourth inning, where RA put four runs on the board. Wren Vicknair, Grady Gieger, Dustin Madere and Scioneaux each drove in a run in the inning.

“We got some timely hits,” said White. “We put together that early lead and Tate never got into trouble.”

The loss is, to date, Brother Martin’s only loss on the season. The Crusaders are 5-1.

On Tuesday, Riverside went on the road to visit South Terrebonne. The Gators (4-2) scored two runs in the first inning to take a lead it wouldn’t relinquish on the way to a 3-1 victory.

Scioneaux went 3-for-3 for Riverside (3-2), which out hit South Terrebonne seven to four.

“They made the most of their opportunities,” said White. “We didn’t. We left some runners out there.”

Tanner Lawson and Ryan Broussard split the pitching duties for the Rebels, each throwing three innings.

“Both were effective,” said White. “We’ve solidified our staff a little bit over the past week.”

Vicknair drove in Riverside’s lone run, doubling to knock in Scioneaux.�